Actor and comedian Rowan Atkinson starred on the TV series ‘Not the Nine O’clock News’ and ‘Blackadder.’ He is best known for his infamous role as Mr. Bean in the television series and 1997 feature film of the same name.
Mr. Bean is 66-year-old
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson was born on January 6, 1955, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Atkinson studied at Newcastle University and Oxford University and earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering. He got his start performing sketches while studying at Oxford, first appearing in Oxford revues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Soon, he was entertaining at theater clubs and on comedy shows for BBC Radio 3.
In 1979, Atkinson wrote for and starred in the BBC’s Not the Nine O’clock News. In 1981, Atkinson became the youngest performer to star in a one-man show in the West End.
Atkinson later appeared in theatrical productions like The Nerd (1984), The New Revue (1986) and The Sneeze (1988). He then landed parts on such television shows as Not the Nine O’Clock News (1979-1982), Blackadder (1983-1989) and The Thin Blue Line (1995-1996). The success of Blackadder spurred the creation of the TV specials Blackadder’s Christmas Carol and Blackadder: The Cavalier Years—both of which aired in 1988.
In 1990, Atkinson starred as his originally developed character Mr. Bean on the TV series of the same name. The successful comedy series was adapted for film in 1997. Atkinson reprised his famous Mr. Bean character in a comedy sketch at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
Atkinson’s other film credits include Bean: the Ultimate Disaster Movie (1997), Johnny English (2003) and Keeping Mum (2005)
In 1990, Atkinson married wife Sunetra, a makeup artist. They had two children before divorcing in late 2015. In 2017, he became a father for the third time, this time with actress girlfriend Louise Ford.
The British actor once again became the victim of a brutal series of hoax news in November 2021 which spread across social media platforms like wildfire.
Shocked fans rushed to Twitter as soon an old hoax about his demise surfaced once again.
The actor has fallen prey to malicious death rumours on social media several times.
The tweet that started the death rumours read the following message while using the name of Fox News: “FOX BREAKING NEWS : Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) died at 58 after car accident.” Another similar tweet said: “English comedian and actor Rowan Atkinson aka Mr Bean is feared to be dead with reports of the 58-year-old actor getting killed in a car crash on March 18, 2017.”
This piece of information is absolutely false and also factually incorrect as in 2017, Rowan Atkinson was 62 not 58 years old.
This utterly disconcerting news caused ripples in social media, forcing many to click on the malicious link which then redirects the users to a virus blocking one’s social media account.
Rowan Atkinson’s death went viral after a Twitter handle posing as US broadcaster Fox News spread the Rowan Atkinson death hoax and duped users into clicking on the malicious link.
As of 2021, Rowan Atkinson’s net worth is estimated to be $150 million